GOD, THE PROPHETS, AND THEIR PROPHECIES!

So this time I would be writing about a somewhat controversial subject; one that has become more like the order of the day especially among the Christian circles: About the "Seers" also known as "Prophets"...

I would also be sharing a personal experience and would try to drive home a few points afterward... Please note that this is not intended to be some kind of vote against or for any Prophet or church denomination, nor am I trying to make a doctrine out of my experience; rather I would be considering the matter from a Biblical perspective...

So here goes my story:

Some years ago, I had an interview for a job which would have been a big break for me at the time, as I had already passed the first 2 stages of the process and this was to be the final stage which involved an oral interview taking place at a government establishment in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja...

I made the trip to Abuja on a Sunday afternoon so as to have my interview on Monday, and I was going to stay at my Dad’s friend’s place… Now the below events took place while I was waiting for my Dad’s friend to come to pick me up at a public motor park just close to a major road with average traffic…

Standing there just minding my business, then some haggard-looking young man with a cross-pendant necklace over his neck and smelling a bit of alcohol, passed by me… Then he looked at me and seemed to say some words like I should read some verse in the Bible and what not… In fact, being who I was back then, I didn’t even care to listen to what he had to say so I walked a bit away from him especially considering the way he looks…

Then he acted like had left me alone and continued his walk down the road; just for another young man who looked a bit more presentable to walk by me and met up with the ‘Prophet’ man and he also seemed to be telling him somethings which I actually cared less about; I had a ride to watch out for and an all-important interview tomorrow...

Then suddenly this second young man, started talking to me in an anxious tone asking that we both go after the ‘Prophet’ to tell us more… He tried persuading me for less than a minute while the ‘Prophet’ was already walking away… And you can imagine my thought of him; I was upset... But guess what!

How I began to follow this young man to meet up with the ‘Prophet’ I did not know… But somehow I followed him till we met up with the ‘Prophet’ in a partly hidden corner in the car park… And that’s where the strangest part began… The ‘Prophet’ was speaking both to me and to the other guy; telling stuff about our backgrounds, family and all... Even though my concern then was still what exactly was I doing listening to all this, yet it seemed I was glued or powerless to move away...

Then as if to say the ‘Prophet’ knew my thoughts, he noticed I wasn’t looking convinced enough, so he asked me to spit saliva on my left palm and cover it and he would do some stuff without touching me, and I would find the saliva at the back of my palm… And guess what again?... I followed his instruction strangely and indeed I saw the saliva at the back of my palm as he said… Unbelievable yea!... It may sound like a film trick if I was only told the story, but this was me participating in the action in real life...

Well, apart from the fear that gripped me afterward; the bigger concern I had was that I would later discover that some of the things which the ‘Prophet’ was saying to me about me were right, he actually gave some accurate "words of knowledge", at least for the few things I managed to hear him say...

Anyways, long story short, both guys were actually con men who worked together around the town using some diabolic means to rip people of their money and belongings, especially when they sense that you are a newbie in the town… My saving grace was that in my utter confusion when he then asked me to drop everything I was holding on my hand with the second guy and walk down the road and pick up some sand and say "the Lord's prayer" so that I would see who is responsible for all my problems… At this point, my Dad’s friend was already calling my phone countless times and the ‘Prophet’ told me to switch off the phone that he was talking to me about a matter of life and death... Wonders indeed!...

So in my confusion under such pressure, I tried to walk away a bit from them to find my Dad’s friend who was already very worried, it was then that some passersby saw me with the men in the corner and they began screaming that they were thieves… To my utter amazement, both of them ran off across the road... It then dawned on me (as if my eyes were just opened) like I actually just nearly lost everything on me... I had 2 phones in my hand, my credentials in my back bag, my wallet… And indeed it was one unforgettable experience!

Well, that’s my story… So, back to the subject matter and the moral of the story:

Let me probably begin this way by reminding us that, “Not all that glitters is Gold, and not all that looks or feels good is of God!”

Even though from my story it probably would've been easy to tell that the guys were con men at least visibly from the way the "Prophet" guy looked... But in the times in which we now live, where everyone is desperate for solutions to their life problems, and many are curious about knowing their past and their future; there has never been a time when there is a massive onslaught of ‘wolves in sheep clothing’ than in this present days…

Please do not misunderstand me; I believe in Prophecies and I believe in the Prophetic gift of the Holy Spirit; but it is also my belief that one of the easiest ways to be misled this days would probably be to base your faith or your relationship with God solely on prophecies or even on "Prophets", especially when you always have to depend on someone else to hear God for you or to speak to you about God's will or direction in every matter of your life…

In light of this, I share below 2 pointers by which I believe a true Prophet and true prophecies may be discerned:

1.   If a Prophet or prophecy draws one away from God rather than strengthening one's relationship with God… When you find more of fear and doubt than faith and hope… There you have a red flag!... The prophecy or prophet may be genuine but you would probably need to pray and double-check... The Bible says: “…But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort…” 1Cor.14:3 (NIV)

2.    If a Prophet or prophecy is glorifying a man or exalting anything or anyone else rather than Jesus Christ… When people are almost being drawn into human worship to a point of almost exalting a man’s words above the written Word of God (the Bible)… There you got another red flag!... The prophet or prophecy may not be false, but again you should probably pray and double-check... The Bible says: “…For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus…" Rev.19:10 (NLT)

The 2 points above are definitely not all, but my overall point here is… The spirit realm is open to as many who would pay a price to walk in that realm… It is the same reason why the supernatural is also common to other world religions, not only in Christianity… There were people casting out "demons" even before Jesus came, there were and there are still fortune-tellers, diviners, wizards, exorcists, hypnotists; people who operate by familiar spirits, and more who operate in spiritual gifts and dimensions that have no root in the Holy Spirit of God, and most of the deceptions of this End-Times will emanate from such...

So, a supernatural knowledge of someone's past or a telling of someone's future (no matter how accurate it may seem), is not enough yardstick to conclude that a Prophet is from the true God or operating by the power of the Holy Spirit… And your ability to discern the true from the false will only grow stronger as your relationship and your knowledge of the true God grows deeper... Because indeed some false ones may even do and show more “good” works than the true ones...

So I conclude with the below Scripture verses (emphasis mine):

"...Later, Jesus sat on the slopes of the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to Him privately and asked, "When will all this take place? And will there be any sign ahead of time to signal Your return and the end of the world?"Jesus told them, "Don't let anyone mislead you...For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great miraculous signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God's chosen ones. See, I have warned you." Matthew 24:3-4,24-25 (NLT)

"Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons..." 1Timothy 4:1 (NKJV)

“…But God's truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: "The LORD knows those who are His," and "All who belong to the LORD must turn away from evil."…” 2Timothy 2:19 (NLT)

Thanks for sharing with me!

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#GODisStillinCharge

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